A shipping trailer full of products donated by Des Plaines community members to aid relief efforts on the East Coast in the wake of super-storm Sandy was successfully delivered to New York City, Des Plaines Police Chief told alderman at a city council meeting on Monday.
“The truck was accompanied by a couple of our officers who got a very enthusiastic and warm welcome by the New York City authorities,” Kushner said.
Kushner said the truck, which departed Nov. 24, was one pallet short of being completely full with cleaning supplies, pet food, baby supplies, baby formula and more products.
Additionally, Kushner said, enough warm clothes were donated to fill two box trucks. Since the clothes were not needed in New York, he said, they were donated locally to Red Cross and Salvation Army.
Seventh Ward Alderman Dan Wilson was complimentary of the relief effort, dubbed “New York! Des Plaines Has Your Back!” Kushner said the idea came from Sergeant Ronnie Smith.
“I think it was a fantastic idea, I think it was really neat,” Wilson said. “It showed what Des Plaines is, and I’ve always been amazed and happy to see people of this community come together.”